Musical South Yorkshire lady Ethel leaves gift to others with dementia

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ETHEL Cope loved singing all her life… and the power of music helped her to cope in her later years when she succumbed to dementia.

For even though she lost the memory of much of the life she had enjoyed, the pensioner from Treeton still loved to sing her favourite old songs.

And she particularly enjoyed her regular visits to Dinnington’s Davis Court Dementia Café where she would enjoy interactive sessions provided by the professional musicians of South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord.

Following her recent death at the age of 85, donations to the value of £500 from her funeral at Aston Lodge Lane Methodist Church were given to Lost Chord to enable its work in the community to continue.

“This donation, which means so much to us, really is Ethel’s legacy and represents the wish of her family to help others,” said Lost Chord Chief Executive Helena Muller.

“It is contributions like this that mean we will be able to continue to provide Lost Chord’s services at the Davis Court Dementia Café.

“Ethel’s daughter Jill says her mum would be absolutely over the moon to know that her legacy will help others to enjoy music and the work of Lost Chord, which meant so much to her.

“It is their way of expressing the whole family’s gratitude for all the support they received from both the Alzheimer’s Society and Lost Chord.”

To find out how you could support the work being carried out by Lost Chord in day centres and care homes across the region visit www.lost-chord.org.uk or call 01709 811 161.